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Science Corner: Pluto

November 30, 2012

By Clara L-F.

Thinking about planets

On August 24th, 2006, the International Astronomical Union decided that Pluto was a dwarf planet instead of a planet.

Pluto’s mass is 1.31×1022 kg — that is less than 24% of the Earth’s mass! Although Pluto is very small, it has five moons.

A girl named Venetia Burney named Pluto at the age of 11 in 1930. She lived in Oxford, England.

For more information about Pluto, see Wikipedia or NASA.

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